By KAYLEE TYE
Many University of Mary Washington students head home for spring break, whether it is to work, spend time with family or to catch up with old friends. They go home to relax and get a break from all the school work they have had, but not UMW’s varsity softball team, who are heading to Myrtle Beach this spring break.
The softball team is playing in a tournament called Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic. At this tournament, different colleges play games against other college teams to train for the long season ahead. This tournament is training just in time before the teams go off to play in their conference games. The UMW softball team traveled and took part in this tournament last year. The team played West Virginia State and Eastern College last year.
They played a total of six practice games or scrimmages against both schools. Emma Rakowski, sophomore communications and digitals studies major, is a player on the softball team. Rakowski said, “This week of softball is a way for us to prepare for conference play facing competitive teams.” The tournament helps the teamwork out their kinks before they play in their conference.
Rakowski said, “I’m looking forward to spending time with my teammates during our games.” This is not only a tournament, but a team bonding experience. The team gets to play but also get to hang out in their rooms and down by the beach.
This year the team from UMW will begin the tournament on Monday, March 6, as they take on Randolph College in the first game and Regis University later that day. The following day, the Eagles will take on Gwynedd Mercy University and Grove City College. Wentworth Institute of Technology and Ursinus College is whom UMW will be taking on, Wednesday, March 8. In their final day of games at the Fastpitch Dreams Classic, Thursday, March 9, UMW softball will play against Eureka College and Anna Maria College.
UMW softball will officially kick-off their season on Feb. 25 in a double-header home game against Gettysburg College. They will then travel to Lynchburg College the following day for another double-header. The Eagles will play a total of four doubleheaders, meaning a total of eight games, prior to their spring break tournament.